The man with the whistle is not the referee anymore – Mourinho


Jose Mourinho was left dejected after his side Tottenham Spurs suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hand of Sheffield United on Thursday at Bramall Lane with VAR controversially denying Spurs a goal.

‘The Special One’ believes that football is heading in the wrong direction and described VAR as ‘bad’ after Harry Kane’s goal was chalked off by video assistant referee for a Lucas Moura handball in the build-up.

“I can only say that normally I’m a professional guy on the bench in these moments, I never complain at the guy with the whistle because it’s not the referee anymore,” said Mourinho.

“I think I cannot say what I feel. It’s not the referee anymore. The man on the pitch is the assistant referee. The man and lady with the flags are now the assistants of the assistant referees,” Mourinho. Picture: Premier League (PL).

“The referee should be the man on the pitch. We are going into a direction which is really bad for a game that is a beautiful game,” added said the Portuguese tactician.

“This is the start of everything. I think the referee should always be the man on the pitch and the people in the office should just support and assist.

“That’s not the way it is. The referee who is not very good on the pitch, we cannot expect that he’s good in the office.

Sheffield’s Chris Wilder was in support of Mourinho as he stated: “I have got a back catalogue of decisions that have gone against us. We are the unofficial champions of Europe on VAR decisions going against us.

“I can understand their manager’s frustrations. I would be super frustrated. It’s a nonsense rule, it wasn’t intentional.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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